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Woman Found With Rosary Beads Shoved in Mouth Dies in the Bronx: Sources

A woman who was found unconscious in the Bronx Tuesday with rosary beads shoved in her mouth has died, sources familiar with the case tell News 4.

The 33-year-old woman was found unresponsive in a hallway of a building on Anderson Avenue in Highbridge around 5:30 p.m., police say. The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to cops.

Prior to police getting the call about the unconscious woman in the hallway, a man was found naked wandering around in the street, according to sources.

Witnesses say the man was foaming at the mouth and making bird-like sounds as he walked naked through the streets. They said he wouldn't stop talking about the Bible.

He grabbed a woman's umbrella and scratched the hand of a bodega worker, witnesses say. 

"He kept on saying, 'Heaven on Earth, heaven on Earth,'" Angel Luis Heredia. 

He was eventually taken into custody for a psychological evaluation, sources said.

The man is related to the woman, but sources weren't sure what their relationship was. The man's mother told News 4 he is the boyfriend of the woman who died. 

Investigators were seen at the scene going in and out of the apartment building.

The woman's identity has not been released.

The investigation is underway and a medical examiner will determine the woman’s cause of death.

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